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Stories from the Spectrum: Andrew Edwards

"I sometimes feel I don’t fit people’s preconception of what an autistic person is like."

Andrew Edwards, autistic author and statistician

I sometimes feel I don’t fit people’s preconception of what an autistic person is like. This can make life difficult when it comes to relationships. People may not realise that I am struggling and the impact that being autistic has on my day to day life. They may see me out and about and think I’m doing fine, but they don’t see me when I’m at home having a meltdown. They can’t equate this with the articulate, outgoing person they see on the outside.  

"I sometimes feel I don’t fit people’s preconception of what an autistic person is like. This can make life difficult when it comes to relationships."
"I’d like people to realise that autistic people can be empathetic and self-aware. I want people to know that there are autistic people who are sociable, easy to talk to, and talk about a variety of subjects, just like non-autistic people."
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